National Opinion

October 5, 2012 • Editorial

Election in[auth] formation

With just a little more than one month remaining before the Nov. 6 general election, it is more important than ever that voters pay attention to the information they’re getting as well as the source that it comes from.

It is impossible to watch television or browse the Internet without being bombarded by political ads. Most citizens have been getting propaganda in the mail nearly each day. Chain letter emails spread like wildfire, often containing only half-truths and one-sided presentations of information that is taken out of context.

Of course the political campaigns themselves are doing their part to always put a positive spin out there for their candidate, and not just at the presidential level.

The point is, citizens must educate themselves and pay close attention to the information they’re given, where it comes from and who stands to gain from it.

The truth is hidden somewhere in the political spin and propaganda, but voters will have to be smart in seeking it.

Guest Editorial

The Ironton (Ohio) Tribune

Personal responsibility

Self-discipline and personal responsibility have long been hallmarks of the people of the United States. The understanding is that without them, freedom is impossible. Without the “self” and the “personal,” someone or something else must provide discipline and responsibility. And when that happens, freedoms are diminished.

Scorecards on the nation’s adherence to these two principles are mixed, and often focus on failures. We are more overweight than ever, despite the obvious health risks and costs. Our prisons are overflowing with people who couldn’t or wouldn’t follow basic rules that are essential for a free and civil society.

Schools have their own problems, especially with some parents who seem oblivious to the fact that education is vital in order for their children to have a chance at the American Dream. Yet teachers have long known that parental involvement is often lacking in the cases of children who most need it.

Despite discouraging examples such as these, the good news is that self-discipline and personal responsibility are still the norm for most Americans. For example, The Wall Street Journal reports that growing numbers of young people are saving for their futures. It takes real discipline to put off spending today in exchange for benefits that are long into the future.

Even though examples of self-discipline and personal responsibility still outweigh the failures by a wide margin, we need to more effectively address shortcomings. Far too many people are affected, and our freedoms are at stake.

Guest Editorial

The Grand Island (Neb.) Independent

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